It's time once again for the Nintendo Download Update, North American gamers, and this week brings a variety of treats to the Wii U and 3DS. The home console has a highly regarded new title, some rhythmic action and a retro platformer, while the main arrival on the 3DS is a dungeon-crawling RPG. There's plenty more besides, so let's get into it.
Missed the Nintendo Download Update for Europe earlier in the week? No problem, all of the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
Teslagrad (Rain Games, $14.99) — A puzzle platformer with elements of action also thrown in, this stylish début effort from Rain Games has you manipulating magnets, earning new abilities and progressing onwards to uncover the mysteries of the world. It's an entirely beautiful, engaging adventure, as we explain in our Teslagrad review.
KickBeat: Special Edition (Zen Studios, $9.99) — Available from 16th September. This is an action rhythm game in which you pull off impressive Kung-Fu moves while keeping to the beat; it features bands such as Pendulum, P.O.D, Celldweller and Blue Stahli. We'll get our Kung Fu Funk on for our review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Adventure Island (Hudson, $4.99) — A rather well-known NES platformer, the twist in Master Higgins' adventure is that he has to gather fruit to survive, while eggs yield weapons that can add a bit of extra fun. It's a quirky and downright challenging game, and earned a decent recommendation in our Adventure Island review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Unepic (EnjoyUp Games, $7.99 until 1st October, normally $9.99)
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft, 50% discount until 14th September)
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft, 50% discount until 14th September)
Just Dance 2014 Kids (Ubisoft, 50% discount until 14th September)
Wii U eShop Demo
Wooden Sen'SeY (Neko Entertainment, free)
The Keep (Cinemax, $12.99) — An ambitious first-person dungeon-crawling RPG, you take on puzzles and battles as you seek to unravel the mystery around a rather daunting tower; this'll also include multiple difficulty settings with permadeath options. We'll explore the depths of this game for our review.
Hideaways: Foggy Valley (Selectsoft, $4.99) — It's another hidden object game, making this genre — ironically — very easy to find on the eShop. This one promises over 1000 hidden objects and some sliding block puzzles for some variety; we'll take a close look in our review.
Top Model 3D (TREVA Entertainment, $19.99) — Proof that we're not past the stage of games with '3D' bolted onto the title, this is a simulation title in which you "experience the life of a supermodel", though as you use a PDA it's the life of a supermodel 15 years ago. Still, we'll put on our most expensive clothes — which isn't saying much — and strut down the street while working on a review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Girls' Fashion Shoot (Rising Star Games, $7.98 until 24th September)
Super Black Bass 3D (Rising Star Games, $3.74 until 24th September)
Jewel Master Cradle of Rome 2 (Rising Star Games, $3.74 until 24th September)
Jewel Master Cradle of Egypt 2 3D (Rising Star Games, $3.74 until 24th September)
Beyblade: Evolution (Rising Star Games, $9.98 until 24th September)
Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Bplus, $4.99 until 24th September, normally $7.99)
Parking Star 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, $1.99 until 2nd October, normally $2.99)
3DS eShop Demo
Parking Star 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)
Lots of options in North America this week. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (285 votes)
Teslagrad (Wii U eShop)
KickBeat: Special Edition (Wii U eShop)
Adventure Island (Wii U Virtual Console)
Unepic (Wii U eShop Temporary Discount)
Just Dance 4 (Wii U eShop Temporary Discount)
Just Dance 2014 (Wii U eShop Temporary Discount)
Just Dance 2014 Kids (Wii U eShop Temporary Discount)
Wooden Sen'SeY (Wii U eShop demo)
The Keep (3DS eShop)
Hideaways: Foggy Valley (3DS eShop)
Top Model 3D (3DS eShop)
Girls' Fashion Shoot (3DS eShop Temporary Discount)
Super Black Bass 3D (3DS eShop Temporary Discount)
Jewel Master Cradle of Rome 2 (3DS eShop Temporary Discount)
Jewel Master Cradle of Egypt 2 3D (3DS eShop Temporary Discount)
Beyblade: Evolution (3DS eShop Temporary Discount)
Parking Star 3D (3DS eShop Temporary Discount)
Bit Boy!! ARCADE (3DS eShop Temporary Discount)
Parking Star 3D (3DS eShop demo)
Nothing for me this week
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